Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller-General Martin Abeshi has said there are 1,400 unmanned illegal entry points into the country. Abeshi spoke at the 2016 Comptroller General of Immigration’s annual conference and stakeholders’ interactive forum in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The NIS, he said, is contending with many challenges in the performance of its duties. He noted that prominent among the challenges were inadequate funding and understaffing. “As most government agencies, the NIS is underfunded”, he said.
“Consequently, we are unable to procure the required patrol vehicles, aircraft, boats and communication gadgets as well as modern arms and ammunition.” The Immigration boss complained that the NIS has less than 23,000 workers, stressing that “the enormous statutory obligations of the NIS coupled with emerging migration trends and trajectories make this number of personnel inadequate.” Read more